Wrestling: Rende reaches Class L finals, Wilton qualifies four for State Open

The Wilton High wrestling team continued what has been a historic season by qualifying four wrestlers for next week's State Open.

Led by a second-place finish by sophomore Nick Rende, the Warriors finished 11th at Saturday's Class L state championships at Bristol Eastern High School.

It was the highest finish at the state class meet since Wilton finished 13th in 2001 at the Class M championships.

Also advancing to the State Open with top-six finishes on Saturday were senior Quinn Reedy, sophomore Zach Zeyher and freshman Travis Longo.

The last time the Warriors had more than one wrestlers qualify for the Open was in 2002, when three wrestlers qualified.

Rende, the top seed at 120 pounds, reached the finals with three straight pins, before losing in the championship match to Melquisedec Ortiz of New Milford, 13-2.

Rende (33-3) is the first Wilton wrestler to reach the state finals since Jesse Koproski in 2004.

Zeyher finished fifth at 160 pounds, going 4-2 on the day. He pinned Bradley Currier of Hall in the fifth-place match at 2:27. Zeyher upped his season record to 36-10.

Reedy (21-8 on the season) finished sixth at 132 pounds, and Longo (16-11) was sixth at 106 pounds.

The State Open will be held next Friday and Saturday at Hillhouse High School in New Haven.